A Guide to Registration of new cultivars
Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:48 AM
Since the merger of ABADS and iBrugs in Summer 2010 when they took over the official listing of new cultivar names from ABADS, iBrugs has failed to list our new cultivar names in its on-line Register. We have tried on many occasions to find out the reasons why, but so far to no avail.
iBrugs, as the ICRA (International Cultivar Registration Authority) for Brugmansia, is supposed to maintain and make accessible an exhaustive and up-to-date official list of cultivar names world-wide. One very important purpose for this official listing is to enable hybridisers to avoid giving new cultivars names which are already used, or which are so similar to ones already used that they will cause confusion.
When you are ready to choose a name for your new cultivar, be careful: all names are not listed by iBrugs. At present, the BGI database together with Monika Gottschalk & Alistair's list (in their new book) are the best places to look. iBrugs is missing a fair number of names when you compare their listings to ours and that in the book. We will shortly be updating our on-line records with those names appearing in the book that are missing from our database.
I would like to clear up a frequent misconception about registration. Registering a Brugmansia cultivar name means not much in itself: it is publishing the name in print that gets the name cemented (technically, 'established') in the plant world. Registering is basically just adding the name of your new cultivar to a list. Cultivar names submitted to BGI for registration are established, approximately quarterly, in the BGI Herald. Copies of the Herald are then sent to the ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science), a selection of botanical libraries world-wide, and to iBrugs for inclusion in the official listing or Register.
Although recent cultivar names established by BGI do not appear in the iBrugs Register, members do not have to worry. New cultivar names submitted to us, though not listed by iBrugs, have been published correctly and in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants and therefore must be recognized by the plant world.
This situation is not of our making. The Officers of BGI will continue with their efforts to have our cultivars entered on the official list
Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:50 PM
Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:49 PM
No matter where you establish membership in the community, you need up-to-date and accurate information regarding names and genetic history.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:59 PM
And thank you
Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:00 PM
The officers were really hoping that ibrugs could get their 'official list' updated, and we have asked many times if that could be done. I'm not sure why it can't be accomplished. I would love to see a list that is accurate and up to date posted on ibrugs site for growers to be able to view.
It's not asking too much to be able to go to their site and be able to view the list. When choosing a name for your new cultivar this is so important. As it stands now, you can only guess if the name has been taken or not. This is not good !
Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:11 PM
Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:23 PM
Thanks to Alistair our job of updating will be made much easier .
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